Standards for Short-Term TEFL/TESL
Certificate Programs

In response to the proliferation of short-term TESOL certificate programs around the world, TESOL International Association has developed a set of standards for entry-level short-term certificate programs.

The standards are intended to provide a framework for organizations to use in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that prepare candidates to teach English as a second or foreign language that require 120–180 interactive hours. Please note that TESOL International Association does not provide recommendations or endorsements for degree or certificate programs.

The standards comprise three strands:

Strand 1. Organization and Program Management Standards
Strand 2. Curriculum and Instructor Standards
Strand 3. Candidate Standards

To purchase the standards and program​ assessment tool, please visit the TESOL Bookstore.

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To learn more about these standards, please view this virtual seminar recorded on 10 November 2015.